We're considering spending three nights in Phuket or Krabi in July. Wanted the Western side of Thailand due to weather, but it just didn't work out in my itinerary. So considering the weather in July (and possible rough seas), is there a better side of the island to stay on? Any specific recommendations? We do not want to stay in Phuket - we are looking for a nice beach (don't want to have to travel to swim or lounge) within walking distance of a few restaurants and bars. Nothing too sleepy, but nothing too touristy either.
My other question is how the water might compare to Krabi - would it be rougher seas in Krabi?